The Future

by Mike Gould

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Chicago Bulls 2009-2010 preview

The Future

Last year’s version of the Chicago Bulls proved to be a feisty bunch, to say the least. They were involved in one of the best 1st round series in the NBA’s history with the Boston Celtics. The baby Bulls showed grit and determination, before finally getting subdued by the defending champs in 7 games. Their performance from last year has Chicago feeling upbeat about the upcoming season. It all starts with point guard play in the National Basketball Association, and the Bulls have a franchise player in that position with 2nd year phenom Derrick Rose. While averaging 17/7 in his rookie year, Rose showed play-making ability and game management skills beyond his years. This kid was just born to be a point guard. He can create shots for himself and his teammates any time he chooses. With a year under his belt, Rose is in line to become one of the major stars in this league, with multiple All Star selections in his future. SG John Salmons showed he has what it takes to be a starter, while providing nearly 20-a-game, and locking up opponents on the defensive side of the ball. Duke-reared SF Luol Deng is back after a bout with the injury bug, and looks to return to his 2006/2007 form, when he was first becoming a major player in the league. On the blocks, University of Florida stand-out Joakim Noah brings his hustle and non-stop motor, while center Brad Miller keeps defenses honest with his mid-range game and nastiness down low in the paint. With veteran PG Kirk Hinrich (a 2D2Gc favorite) getting considerable minutes and PF Tyrus Thomas playing for a new contract, these Bulls are out to prove they are a legitimate contender in the East.

Prodigy’s take: Da Bulls will cause some fits for most teams in the NBA, but they don’t have the manpower to seriously contend for a title this season. The loss of SG Ben Gordon is big. He almost single-handedly won that Boston series, making big shot after big shot. Rose will be stellar this year, but the Bulls just don’t have enough talent surrounding him to truly challenge – yet. Prediction: 2nd in Central.